Preparing Students For Success In Today’s Workplace
The Career Development Institute (CDI) is a youth employment program whose mission is to prepare young people between the ages of 14 and 18 for the world of work. This is done through classroom instruction during the winter and spring and internships during the summer. The winter/spring program consists of a 10-week program during which students attend classes at Montclair State University to prepare them to be competitive professionals in our economy. Classes meet once a week for 2 hours on a Friday night and include business education, entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy, résumé writing, dressing for success, business plan writing, and more.
At the end of the program students are more knowledgeable about the job market and work force; have a better understanding of organizational team work; and are better prepared to present themselves to prospective employers. They are also able to write a professional résumé and complete work applications.
Once students graduate from the winter/spring program, they can interview for employment from a database of summer jobs solicited by the CDI team. If selected for employment, the interns will be paid minimum wage or higher, depending on the employer. If the employer is happy with the quality of the intern's work, they may extend the job beyond the summer.
In 2018, students are working at Montclair Township Recreation & Cultural Affairs, Salvation Army, Toni's Kitchen, Mountainside Hospital, Montclair Public Library, Neighborhood Child Care Center, Upcycle, Trinity Baptist Church, and Montclair Grass Roots Summer Camp. Read how Diamond and Khalid succeeded, thanks to this program.
Most of the 14 and 15-year-olds work in the Career Development Institute Entrepreneurial program running a business during the summer. Past participants ran the concession stand during Project Oasis, a 6-week summer program. This enabled them to learn how to start the business, shop and market the products, price, and, finally, dismantle the business. After all expenses are paid, the team shares in the profit.
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